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Thursday, August 21, 2008

St Wolfgang

Michael Pacher (1430-1498)
St Wolfgang Altarpiece 1479-1481
Polychrome wood, 1479-1481
The Pilgrimage Church of Sankt Wolfgang in Upper Austria


Michael Pacher (1430-1498)
St Wolfgang Altarpiece:Coronation of the Virgin
1479-81
Wood, gilt and polychromed
The Pilgrimage Church of Sankt Wolfgang in Upper Austria

Michael Pacher (1430-1498)
St Wolfgang Altarpiece:Coronation of the Virgin
1479-81
Wood, gilt and polychromed
The Pilgrimage Church of Sankt Wolfgang in Upper Austria


Michael Pacher (1430-1498)
St Wolfgang Altarpiece: Circumcision
1479 - 1481
Wood
68 x 55 1/4 inches (173 x 140.5 cm)
The Pilgrimage Church of Sankt Wolfgang in Upper Austria


I once spent a very pleasant holday in the Salzkammergut region of Upper Austria, near the town of St. Wolfgang. Picturesque and beautiful beyond belief.

It is situated on a lake called the Wolfgangsee at the foot of the Schafberg mountain.

It is named after Saint Wolfgang of Regensburg who erected the first church there about AD 976.

In the church of St Wolfgang is the famous late Gothic altarpiece by Michael Pacher.

It was not until many years later that I was horrified to learn that a subcamp of Dachau concentration camp was located at the town during the Second World War.